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Old 04-06-2012, 07:38 PM   #1
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Here’s an updated list of my few mods, with the ones done today and yesterday in bold:

TIRES AND WHEELS:
Pro Comp Radial Mud Terrain 35x12.5x15 tires;
Ultra Wheels – 17x9 with 4.5” backspacing.

LIFT AND SUSPENSION:
Pro Comp 4" Stage-II Lift Kit with MX-6 Shocks;
J.E. Reel 1350 Front DS;
Rancho Steering Stabilizer;
Synergy Suspension Chromoly Tie Rod;
Synergy Suspension High Steer Drag Link (flipped);
Synergy Suspension Adjustable Front Track Bar (replaced less-adjustable ProComp TB);
Synergy Suspension Front Track Bar Bracket;
Synergy Suspension F911 Hardware Kit;
Synergy Suspension Adjustable Front Lower Control Arms (replaced fixed ProComp LCAs);
Synergy Suspension Heavy Duty Front Ball Joints;
Synergy Suspension Inner C Upper & Lower Gusset Kit; and
Synergy Suspension Front Inner Axle Sleeve Kit.

EXTERIOR:
Rock Hard Full Width Front Bumper;
Rugged Ridge 10,500 LB Performance Winch with Synthetic Rope;
Garvin G2 Series Rear Bumper and Tire Carrier System;
Smittybilt Side Armor;
Skid Row Offroad Front Lower Control Arm Skid Plates;
Rancho RockGear Dana 44 Differential Covers (x2);
Rancho RockGear Front Differential Glide Plate;
Rock Hard Oil Pan, Transmission & Catalytic Converter Skid Plate;
Rock Hard Transfer Case Skid Plate;
Rock Hard Fuel Tank Skid Plate;
Teraflex Exhaust Extensions;
Rock Hard JK EVAP Canister Relocation Bracket;
Synergy Suspension Rear Lower Control Arm Skids with Shock Mount;
Flip the steering stabilizer;
Raise differential, transfer case, and transmission breathers; and
Cut and seal pinch seam.

I’m wheeling it (and camping and shooting) on the weekend of the 28th for two days, and I’m starting to think I’m ready.

My installer also installed a mounted e-clip-based mechanism that holds the dreaded 74-cent t-case bushing (http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/not...eel-99139.html) in place. Even if the bushing disintegrates, the cable stays on. Sorry, unfortunately no pics of the bushing solution, and it's hard to get to.

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Front LCA skids:


Rear LCA skids:


C-gussets:


EVAP relocate:


Ready to wheel. Also drives better than stock.

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Old 04-06-2012, 07:41 PM   #2
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How you gonna squeeze a 17" rim ina 15" tire ?



Jk ..... Going to be a sick rig

My list looks similar. I will be done in 25 years

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Ready to wheel.


More like, ready for a cataclysmic asteroid strike.
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:47 PM   #4
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Have you wheeled this thing yet, Marine? Christ man, it's ready. Looking very, very nice.
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How you gonna squeeze a 17" rim ina 15" tire ?



Jk ..... Going to be a sick rig

My list looks similar. I will be done in 25 years
Thanks kjeeper. Good luck. Keep going. When I bought it, I got a great deal on my trade-in, and had extra room in my budget. I decided I wanted to make it as break-proof as reasonably possible before I start playing too hard with it. At this point, I will wheel it up through the "blue" level type trails, but won't push it to design limit until it's no longer my DD.

I didn't understand your first sentence/question about the 15/17.
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Whoa, and I think my wallet just cramped up thinking about that list of mods.
That's one awesome JK!
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More like, ready for a cataclysmic asteroid strike.
Thanks for the good advice along the way. You know, there is supposed to be a cataclismic asteroid strike in Mud-June. So that annoying finch was going to die anyway.
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Have you wheeled this thing yet, Marine? Christ man, it's ready. Looking very, very nice.
Thanks Mike. So far, I've only wheeled it at some nearby construction sites in the mud and snow. Going here in three weeks (27th-29th) for two days (including camping):

Wanna come along?
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Whoa, and I think my wallet just cramped up thinking about that list of mods.
That's one awesome JK!
Thanks. I'm bringing it to Colorado for a couple weeks in August.
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Thanks Mike. So far, I've only wheeled it at some nearby construction sites in the mud and snow. Going here in three weeks (27th-29th) for two days (including camping):

Wanna come along?

That looks like fun!
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And thanks to Alec at EAD Offroad for most of the parts and good advice.
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That looks like fun!
Some of those guys are going about 50% faster through that stuff than I will. I'm a fairly slow off-roader.
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Some of those guys are going about 50% faster through that stuff than I will. I'm a fairly slow off-roader.
I just watched that last guy (in the white truck) go through that mudhole @ the end...that's exactly what I was thinking. Slow down, dude!

Looked like fun, though.
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Looks great!!!!

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I didn't understand your first sentence/question about the 15/17.
Ken mentioned that because your first post says this:
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Looks great!!!!


Ken mentioned that because your first post says this:

I see. Thanks. Musta been drinking when I typed that..
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Your tank is looking pretty sweet hawk
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I see. Thanks. Musta been drinking when I typed that..
No amount of alcohol will alleviate the guilt I'm sure you feel for killing some mother Finch's son.
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I just watched that last guy (in the white truck) go through that mudhole @ the end...that's exactly what I was thinking. Slow down, dude!

Looked like fun, though.
Yep, he's the same guy beginning at about 5:30 who wildly spins his tires at high speed for extended periods against the sharp rocks when he's going nowhere. Not my style. For one, it's not going to work; and two, you're likely to break something, especially if you suddenly catch some traction, or pop a tire.
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Yep, he's the same guy beginning at about 5:30 who wildly spins his tires at high speed for extended periods against the sharp rocks when he's going nowhere. Not my style. For one, it's not going to work; and two, you're likely to break something, especially if you suddenly catch some traction, or pop a tire.
Yup, saw that. No need to take 10K miles off the tread life of your tires.

I agree on the slow and easy approach, picking good lines, etc. Jeeps ain't bulldozers.

My days of rolling Dodge Ramchargers are over.
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No amount of alcohol will alleviate the guilt I'm sure you feel for killing some mother Finch's son.
Wolf, he wanted to die. There's no other rationale explanation. I'm just like the avian version of a merciful Dr. Kevorkian. In any event, it's good that I halted his bloodline when I did. I'm sure his children would have been doing the same thing. Seriously, think of the close analogy: what if someone had killed Stalin's father early on? Millions of Ukrainian peasants would have not been ruined or killed and would still own their farms while the Romanovs comfortably drank fine expensive bordeauxs in the Winter Palace. Everyone would have been better off, and we would not have had to fight Vietnam or almost destroy all mankind during the Cuban Missle Crisis. Taking out that pesky finchy beast accomplished a similarly-honorable deed, even if on a smaller scale.
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Thanks. I'm bringing it to Colorado for a couple weeks in August.
Awesome, there are a lot of great trails in Colorado!
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Yup, saw that. No need to take 10K miles off the tread life of your tires.

I agree on the slow and easy approach, picking good lines, etc. Jeeps ain't bulldozers.

My days of rolling Dodge Ramchargers are over.
Me too, except my days of violent off-roading risked damage only to government vehicles and their tax-payer purchasers. In the early '90s I was a Hmmwv driver and comm guy (among other things) for the mobile Jump CP for a regimental HQ. I drove many thousands of miles through the Arabian desert (and salt flats, etc ...) and the desert mountains in 29 Palms. And those things are almost literally indestructible. We tried to push them to design limit, but they just wouldn't break. 18" of ground clearance. 12,000lb GVV. And the really-wide track and extremely low COG allows it to go up/down grades that no normal vehicle would attempt. You can literally drive over small trees with ease in them. We literally jumped sand dunes airborne, and everything stayed together (except for one radio mount (got me in big trouble with the WO)).

Come to think of it, I wouldn't mind having one of those. Hard to come by though.

Nothing crazy like that with my Jeep.
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Awesome, there are a lot of great trails in Colorado!
Yeah, I used to live there until '04. We will be moving back eventually, but extended vacations there for now. Will be staying in Keystone and mostly camping, backpacking, and wheeling. We kept our house in Thornton. Luckily the rental market is golden with few buying these days.
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Wolf, he wanted to die. There's no other rationale explanation. I'm just like the avian version of a merciful Dr. Kevorkian. In any event, it's good that I halted his bloodline when I did. I'm sure his children would have been doing the same thing. Seriously, think of the close analogy: what if someone had killed Stalin's father early on? Millions of Ukrainian peasants would have not been ruined or killed and would still own their farms while the Romanovs comfortably drank fine expensive bordeauxs in the Winter Palace. Everyone would have been better off, and we would not have had to fight Vietnam or almost destroy all mankind during the Cuban Missle Crisis. Taking out that pesky finchy beast accomplished a similarly-honorable deed, even if on a smaller scale.

Killing that finch was analogous to assassinating Stalin's father?

What if that finch harbored in its tiny, non-offensive body the sole gene that would have produced a vaccine for the lethal strain of bird flu that's destined to wipe out mankind early in 2013? What if that finch was supposed to wind up in a test lab at the CDC in late Fall, when the first signs of this deadly new flu were becoming apparent?

You just ensured that there will be NO 2014 Jeep Wrangler, pal. Good going, Hawk.
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Killing that finch was analogous to assassinating Stalin's father?

What if that finch harbored in its tiny, non-offensive body the sole gene that would have produced a vaccine for the lethal strain of bird flu that's destined to wipe out mankind early in 2013? What if that finch was supposed to wind up in a test lab at the CDC in late Fall, when the first signs of this deadly new flu were becoming apparent?

You just ensured that there will be NO 2014 Jeep Wrangler, pal. Good going, Hawk.
I hate to speculate, but its my opinion that his son was just going to be a dumb Jeep pecker/pooer with no contribution to medicine or society.

And it's not "assassinating" if it's a bad guy, like Stalin's father or that finch. It's "targeting" or "eradicating."
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I hate to speculate, but its my opinion that his son was just going to be a dumb Jeep pecker/pooer with no contribution to medicine or society.

And it's not "assassinating" if it's a bad guy, like Stalin's father or that finch. It's "targeting" or "eradicating."
Hmm. Maybe I was thinking of a finch from West Virginia.
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Hmm. Maybe I was thinking of a finch from West Virginia.
That's where all the smart finches are. There's a bad, inbred finch gene-pool in these parts.
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That's where all the smart finches are. There's a bad, inbred finch gene-pool in these parts.
Yeah, VA finches are bad news. I've got peeps in Richmond, and lived there for a little while growing up.

I think the finches in the Richmond area might be inbred.
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Thanks Chris. I note we have the same lift. Almost same tires/ wheelsize/Jeep model, etc ... I know it's excessive, but the Synergy front-end stuff really helped with the ride quality after the lift.

Based on your tire-size, I assume you got the MT Xtreme, rihgt? I wish I had got those because of the three-ply wall. How do you like them?

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